8 Jan 2012
We were all up, out the door in the car and driving by around 5 and were well rewarded with a cracking sunrise, though Byron was heard to remark, “this is early!”. One cool event that definetly bears a mention, as we were getting ready to leave I was saved from one of those B52 size mosquitoes we have up here, I heard it fly in low for a raid in the dark only to be cut short mid flight, I looked up wondering what had happened just in time to see a gecko backing slowly back into it’s hiding space, little champion.
We let the GPS lead and it took us down through the currumbin valley which is a windy track with some spectacular views, not quite as direct as coming down to Tweed and hooking a left but well worth it if you are not in a hurry.
Apart from the scenic route and a couple of cyclists that got stuck in our front grill, our trip was uneventful and we arrived at the car park around 7. We had a quick spot of breaky and began our ascent up the mighty mountain; I should mention that the mountain looks high when you are standing in the car park, which from experience means it is going to look really high when you are standing on top.
Getting ready for the climb
Paige bounded on ahead and Byron did well once he got into a rhythm, the track is well defined and full of stairs it is about 4.5 km from the car park to the summit with the best bit saved till last. The last 400m is a steep rocky climb, there is however a chain strung between posts to help you pull yourself up. The kids had fun on this bit, Byron was pretending to be Spiderman.
On the way up there were helicopter rescue points at various intervals which was a bit of a worry, there were also chairs carved out of various timber and we came across a number of people at these points who all gave and received bits of encouragement.
The view from part way up
We arrived at the top to find a nicely situated café with a fully stocked bar and a reasonably priced breakfast menu. Actually that didn’t happen but we did meet some interesting people who had stopped to take in the view from the various viewing platforms that are positioned all around the top. The viewing platforms also have signs up that tell you what you are looking at and some bits and pieces of the history, very cool.
Chilling at the top
The way down is really easy, once you climb down the 400-meter rock face that is, just do what Byron did and pretend you are Spiderman, easy. On the way down Tiff chatted to a couple of people we had met on the way up who decided to stick close after we encountered a 1.5 M long python sunning itself on the track. I think they figured any other Pythons would eat the kids first as they are an easier mouthful.
Friendly local wild life
We made the car park in a 3 ½ hour round trip which gave us enough time to get home, shower off and prepare for afternoon beers with a few mates at our place.
Back down in one piece and ready for the next adventure